No one wants to pull out their lawn mower for the first time in the season only to find that it will not start. By that point, you’ve probably already allowed the lawn to grow a bit longer than you would’ve preferred and will likely be scrambling around trying to figure out exactly what you need to do to get your mower up and running again. Rather than start your Spring off on the wrong foot, follow a few simple maintenance tips to keep your lawn mower performing at its peak.
1. Keep the Blade Sharp and Balanced
This may seem like a no-brainer, but your lawn mower won’t be mowing much of anything if you neglect the metal blades and allow them to become dull. While it is possible to sharpen the blade yourself, it may be best to have it sharpened professionally unless you are well-versed in this practice.
2. Remove All Gasoline After Each Season
Leaving the prior season’s gasoline in your lawn mower can prevent it from running properly in the coming season. You can remove the gasoline either by draining it or leaving the mower running until it has used all of the gas after your last mow in the fall.
3. Replace the Spark Plug Annually
To ensure your lawn mower easily turns on, you’ll want to replace the spark plug each year. In addition, removing the spark plug before beginning any other work on your lawn mower will prevent the mower from starting up as you complete your maintenance.
4. Consult the Owner’s Manual
You can best prevent issues with your lawn mower by reading the owner’s manual and adhering to the maintenance steps provide within the manual. Each mower may require slightly different maintenance. If you want to have your lawn mower for years to come, caring for it in accordance with the owner’s manual will enable you to do so.
5. Care for the Air Filter
Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to clean or replace the air filter in your lawn mower. A clean air filter allows your mower to operate as efficiently as possible.
Unless you want to purchase a new lawn mower every few years, you’ve got to properly maintain the one you already have. Following a few basic maintenance steps can help your mower in tip top shape and save you a pretty penny in the process.